Congressional Republicans have the right to conduct an investigation if they so
choose. The American people can make up their own minds on if it's
legitimate or of a highly partisan political nature.
It is true Hatch can remember the Nixon era- that is a testament to how Utah
contributes to the overall dialogue in Washington
This is where the Democrats went wrong. After 9-11 they should have had
investigation after investigation,many hearings, about why Bush ignored warnings
about Osama wanting to attack America. They should have kept up the drum beat
for years. Instead they supported Bush. When Obama was elected, they should have
had many committee hearings about Bush authorizing torture. Instead he said he
wanted to "move forward". The dems just aren't nasty enough.
Of course he wasn't put on the committee. He's already made up his
mind so would not be even remotely open to where the evidence might lead.
I'm no BO supporter but even I can see how this would not have been a good
thing. If the committee results are to be seen as legitimate, there must be
some semblance of objectivity or at least a somewhat open mind.
Dang, isn't it a shame he's not on the committee.
Republicans will find nothing that suggests democrats(barack and Hillary mainly)
acted improperly if they did nothing improper. So there is no
reason that this will benefit republicans unless democrats acted improperly.So I find it funny that democrats think republicans will make this a
political issue - why be worried they will find something if there isn't
anything to find?
That Chaffetz will not be able to use this as a political springboard has caused
me to weep openly.
Dear McClark:When the Obama Administration came into office they
seriously considered charging members of the Bush Administration with war
crimes. Lawyers who had worked for Bush were in serious jeopardy for merely
submitting legal opinions. They made a serious attempt to criminalize politics.
You can't get much nastier than that.In addition, no torture
was ever authorized by the Bush Administration. Waterboarding is NOT torture.
If it is, Obama is guilty of it. Our special forces guys have it done to them
as part of their training.
I also agree that it is a shame that Chaffetz was not put on this committee. He
has gone after this whole cover-up like a bulldog. I hope they will use his
fact-finding missions and understanding to further the investigation. I thought
with the work he had already put into this, that he would be a
"shoe-in!"With that said, I am thrilled that Rep. Trey Gowdy
(SC) is the head of the committee. If you haven't seen him at work, look up
his name on the Internet and watch him go after the head of the IRS and the US
Attorney General without any reservations. You will know why he was chosen to
head this probe. No wonder the Democrats are upset about this! The American
people deserve answers to this cover-up during a Presidential election!
Mcclark:Maybe you're right, and Dems should have gone after Bush and
held him more accountable. So what's wrong with Republicans doing what Dems
didn't do by holding our president accountable? Honestly I get
tired of the "it's all Bush's fault" diatribe from this
administration and it's supporters. I agree that Bush made mistakes and
certainly wasn't always on the up and up, but please take some
responsibility for once. Whether Bush was right or wrong and what Dems should or
shouldn't have done has nothing to do with the present circumstances and
lies of this administration...the most "transparent" administration
we've had (another failed promise in a long line of them).
A lot of drama and wasting of hard working tax payer's money by all those
corrupt individuals in Washington. Money that can certainly be used for better
purposes other than political bureaucracy...
It's all so transparently hypocritical. How many trumped-up
"investigations" (witch hunts) were held after each of George W's
13 "Benghazis," which cost the lives of 81 American diplomats? Answer:
zero. This is a shameless political ploy that ought to embarrass Republicans.
That's OK. The process is a sham anyway.
Four House committees have held 15 hearings on the issue and could hold more in
the future, he said."I do not see where a new committee, structured in
an overtly partisan manner, will offer anything to this issue except for a
duplicative additional layer of bureaucracy," Matheson said in a
statement.Is Matheson the only sane one left?The GOP is
using this to solicit donations outright. What a great group.If
it's all about how something was said or worded, why is Jason' going
back and forth to Libya?Maybe he's seeing where else he make some
cuts in security to save us taxpayers money.
Why are Democrats making such a fuss about this?If they've done
nothing wrong, the facts will show that result. Then they can thumb their noses
at the Republicans... so why all the resistance? It makes one wonder
if there's something REALLY bad hidden in there, for them to object so
much. Personally, if I had done nothing wrong, I'd want all the
facts out there, so there would not even be a hint or suspicion of guilt left at
Thankfully Bush never tried to appease the PC world by avoiding using the word
terrorism and calling those religious individuals responsible for their
terrorist ways and acts
Four Americans are dead. There are new emails coming out after the White House
clearly said that there was nothing else. Why wouldn't we investigate
this? If Hilary wants to be President, let's just make sure this
isn't hanging over her for the next four years. If there is nothing here,
it will be shown and we can put this tragedy behind us. If they lied, let them
be punished and make sure NONE of them are ever in leadership again.
Democrats are opposed to this because it doesn't fall in line with the
unofficial "Blame Bush" party slogan.If the White House is
truly innocent in the whole Benghazi issue, they should have nothing to fear
from an investigation.
"Rep. Jim Matheson, Utah's only Democrat in Congress, voted against
creation of the panel"Ironically we see Jim's true colors.
If he were not retiring he would have voted for the panel. Thanks Mia Love.
I'm sure this, the 14th hearing so far, will find out the answers that the
other 13 did not. This is beyond ridiculous. Reagan had a far worse security
lapse in 1983. Bush I and Bush II had even more serious security lapses. The
only reason this is going on is that the GOP despise's Obama and will do
anything, even destroy it's own reputation, if it results in putting a dent
in the President. Sadly there are plenty of legitimate issues they could use,
but they insist on one that has already be resolved. Please GOP, I'm a
Liberal but I have lost faith in Obama, please, please, please, go after the
A no respect on the non-issue witch hunt he is obsessed with. Maybe he should
look for other permanent employment.
Once again, Gov. Huntsman is the lone adult in the Republican room.
I consider myself a conservative traditionalist. I hate the politics that seem
to corrupt and taint everything that goes on in Washington. Personal integrity
and honesty are completely absent from most of our elected officials. The
blatant spin spewing out of Jay Carney's mouth concerning Benghazi is
nauseating!What I don't get is why so many people are willing
to give President Obama and his White House a pass? The implications of Benghazi
should cause every citizen to question what really happened, especially due to
the recent 'smoking gun' evidence. It shouldn't matter what side
you are on. We should all, as citizens of the US, demand answers.It
seems there are many who want this swept under a rug to protect Obama. Nobody
has been brought to justice, no one has been held accountable. If it is true
that the president lied about this incident just so it wouldn't hurt his
chance of re-election, every citizen, including Democrats, should be infuriated!
This is OUR nation, and OUR country, and it shouldn't be exploited by a
bunch of crooked politicians who lust for power!Here's to
accountability in government...
There have already been 14 House committee investigations of the events in
Benghazi. They found nothing that implicated the administration. The upcoming
committee is mainly being used for fundraising from the GOP's extremist
base.Nor is it true that the Obama administration withheld emails
about Benghazi from the House committees, but released them to others. The
GOP-led committees never asked for the emails at issue.These same
people have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act more than 40 times, to no
avail. Now, we must await more than 40 committee probes of Benghazi to no
avail, apparently. These politicians have no reluctance about wasting the
As a former Naval Officer, I find it appalling that our Commander-in-Chief could
bungle a serious situation so badly. It is American Military tradition that we
will risk "100" lives to try and save "one" American who is in
harm's way. That noble tradition was not honored the night of the Benghazi
The GOP NEEDS to be able to place blame on Obama and Clinton. Anything short of
that means that the investigation was not complete.We know the
desired outcome. Now we just need to keep investigating until we can make that
"I think there are questions that have to be answered, that have not yet
been answered . . ." - Mitt RomneyWell yeah . . . Such as when
did the party of Lincoln become so cynical and twisted that it seeks to damage
this nation in the course of weakening the political opposition?Public servants are supposed to serve the public’s best interests.
Instead, the Republicans actively seek to do the public harm.During
Obama’s first term, denying him a second term became the GOP’s
primary goal, hence the sabotage and obstructionism at every corner that harmed
America much more than it harmed Obama.Now, the goals of the GOP
have shifted to ensure Hillary Clinton will not be elected. And so the GOP
leadership is happy to create bogus scandals that deflect attention away from
real issues on which government should focus.The GOP is always ready
to sacrifice the best interests of the nation to achieve the same malevolent
political end of harming Democrats. It’s like nuking your neighborhood
because you don’t like the family next door.Guess what
“Conservatives,” . . . That is NOT public service.
Maybe Jason can now work on something else...Like the economy,
healthcare, immigration, energy, rebuilding infrastructure...for starters?BTW...The select Republican Select Committee Chairman has
begged the Republican Political Machine to stop using the Benghazi tragedy to
raise campaign money.Wonderful.
@CatsIf you don't think waterboarding is torture go speak to a
WW2 vet who was. I have read many accounts made by Japanese POWs and I guarantee
they will have a different opinion on whether they were tortured or not.Its torture,the US executed Japanese officers who authorised its use.
It's a 'special' committee all right. It's job is to throw
anything and everything at the then secretary of state, and see if any of it
will stick. Zoo monkeys would prove quite capable members of such a committee.
Hasn't there already been an investigation? If another investigation is
necessary, where are the "heads" of those that screwed up the first
investigation? Republicans either need to impeach the President and/or they
need to make changes to processes in the State Department and Defense
Department. Why were these things not done previously?If Congress
has the money to spend 10s of Millions on yet another investigation, they why
all of the debate that resulted in shutting down the Government last fall? It
seems that the taxpayers are forced to pay the cost of Republican's 2016
Each and every year - right here in Utah:400+ die from bad air
pollution, 500+ die from prescription drug overdoses, 500+ die from
guns, And Jason Chaffetz remains obsessed with Benghazi...
Gotta wonder why.Jason is hot to rid the airport of x-ray machines.He is quite aggressive towards getting rid of on-line gambling so Sheldon
Adleson will be happy and will be his friend.Why wouldn't
"they" want him to join their group on Benghazi?
Everyone keeps mentioning the '14 hearings' that have already taken
place. Could it be the current White House allowed these to occur out of
necessity to satiate the public for appearances only? The fact is there was
impropriety! Someone killed our ambassador. And it wasn't because of some
video that no one even watched! Wasn't Eric Holder and his staff in charge
of the investigations? Doesn't this seem a bit tainted to you?The idea that no impropriety occurred and that Obama and his White House did
nothing wrong is absurd! When government accountability is taken off the table,
we should all be worried.Frankly it's sickening to hear the
'talking points' being replicated by the secular progressives and
ultra liberals who have taken over the comments section of this news report. You
all sound like a bunch of sheep. Can't any of you think for yourselves or
do you memorize what Jay Carney spins at the press briefings? Are you blind to
the obvious cover-ups and lies which is the real story here? Unfortunately that
seems to be the case...
I can't get out of my mind Hillary Clinton standing at attention at Dover
AFB as (4) caskets roll off the plane telling the victims loved ones that the
guy who produced this dastardly video will be put in jail for instigating the
awful events in Benghazi with his video. A bold face lie to family members
suffering the pain of the loss of their precious loved one.Vain
politicians will sink to the lowest level possible to cover up their
inadequacies and perpetuate their future political endeavors. Ambassador Stevens
was a personal friend? So says Hillary. I say, that's a "crock of
fertilizer" The Shoe man
The Democrats "doth protest too much, me thinks."!
And here we go again. 14 hearings. Maybe this time they will find
the 18-minute Watergate tape, or the truth about Whiter Water, or something new
about Iran Contra or or or...Political grandstanding while Rome
@Irony mentioned George W's 13 "Benghazis"This entirely
eluded me ... I can't think of an example during Pres. Bush's terms
where an embassy:1) Asked for future protection and was denied2)
Asked for immediate rescue and was deniedThe really important
question here is "Why were those requests denied?" If there is a
response, the administration should announce the reason and be done with it.
This investigation is so important because a presidential election may have
turned out different if this cover up wouldn't have occurred.
Can we just vote Chaffetz out already?Utah is ill-served with such
hacks as Bishop, Lee, and Cheffetz. They make Bachmann and Gingrich look sane.
Maybe his statement "impeachment is on the table" backfired just a bit.
Less than objective to say the least.
Forgive and look to the future; if a law was broke, God will punish some time
in the eternities, if not, let it go. Justice will be served. The 4 who died
will live again. Look to the future. Bin Laden is dead, the world is a better
@Christopher B: "Thankfully Bush never tried to appease the PC world by
avoiding using the word terrorism and calling those religious individuals
responsible for their terrorist ways and acts"True. Bush beat
the terror-drums to send us into two wars that enriched his cronies, drove the
Patriot Act that tipped us into a police state that makes the KGB look impotent,
sent "detainees" to Gitmo to be held indefinitely and tortured, and
propelled it with an underlying religious theme that pitted Christian America
against the godles infidels. But at least he wasn't, you know,
PC about it.
This whole incident ha been investigated ad nauseam and ad infinitum. They
didn't get the "evidence" they wanted so they could smear the Obama
administration so they just kept trying and trying and trying. . . and now
they're trying again. It would be nice if they would pend the time
they're wasting on this for things that would truly benefit the country.
Do you think he's still sleeping on that cot in his Washington D.C. office,
saving Utah Taxpayers all their money so he can investigate
Benghazi?...Nah, me neither...
During the Watergate cover-up, Bob Woodward, an actual reporter for the media,
did the leg work and investigative journalism and broke that scandal wide open.
THAT is the difference here. There was a huge cover-up on the part of the
current administration and no media was even covering the nitty-gritty details
of so many questions the night of the attack. A video was blamed when we now
know it was a terrorist attack; no one ever has been allowed to speak on the
ground in Benghazi; where was the President; the military claiming that they
were standing by but no orders given from the Commander In Chief, etc. etc. Four
Americans who died when not protected by our armed forces and a presumptive
presidential candidate said, "What difference does it make?" when it was
HER watch!Folks, that is WHY there is a continuing investigation.
Someone has to hold these people accountable when the press doesn't do
their job! Rep. Trey Gowdy is the perfect man to lead the investigation. If you
don't know his name, Google his name.God bless the United
States of America and protect our freedom and liberty!
Perhaps the Republican leadership in the House understand something about
Chaffetz that the voters in Utah do not wish to understand?What is
@BYUalum 7:12 p.m. May 10, 2014I googled Trey Gowdey. He is NOT the
perfect man to lead the investigation. He is someone who acts as an advocate,
not a fact-finder. He knows what he wants to find, and there is no indication
that he would accept as true anything but what he wants to find. We need
someone who is truly impartial leading this investigation. Gowdey is not
impartial, and not what we need.
I believe Jason Chaffetz would have been an excellent member of this select
committee. No one is more familiar with the case than Rep. Chaffetz due to his
vast experience in the Benghazi hearings. He would instantly know if someone has
changed their story from the hearings and could demand an explanation if so.
Nancy Pelosi and the democrats are blowing a chance to defend the witnesses. If
by some chance the democrats fail to select members of their party to be on the
select committee, then I would enjoy Trey Gowdy appointing Rep. Chaffetz. It
will make the democrats look bad if they fail to appoint members of their own
party by boycotting the hearing. It will also show the defendants have something
For those of you wanting to get rid of Jason just remember there is another
Love, Lockhart or Lee to take his place. Stop complaining about the creation
and start looking at the creators who are responsible for the poor
representation we send to Congress.
Judging by the comments in this newspaper Representative Chafftz will be a one
term Congressman unless he turns on "the charm offensive".I've noticed that Utah voters have a short memory span and are highly
vulnerable to "the Charm Offensive"
re kfbobYour statement is 100% correct... with Mia Love we can count
on party line votes!Right or wrong.Smart or stupid.Good for Utah or NOT!I guess we'll get what we
deserve... a predictable puppet!
Yet again the GOP still offers the American public nothing. Just a dog and pony
show to put yet another nasty spin on anything they can grasp at. The Affordable
Care Act is working fairly well and millions have coverage so they have to find
something else negative. There have already been investigations upon
investigations on this issue. Get to work GOP and get Americans better wages,
women equal pay and the American middle class back on track. Please!
administration is not being honest WHY? Jason Chaffee was 1 of o lyrics a few
that pressed for answers. We only want the truth what is so difficult now?
Obama is in the big house. Give us the truth we know Obama cronies will spin all
info. To benefit the progressprogressive party. Can't wait. Thanks chaff3tz
@A1994" If there is nothing here, it will be shown and we can put this
tragedy behind us."I don't see any evidence behind the
belief that if this committee fails to turn up anything significant enough (like
all the other ones before it) that the Republicans are just going to let it go.
Should be perceived as a comment on his qualifications and ability to be of
service to the committee